Crusaders 16th After Day One of Music City Classic
Friday, March 18, 2011
Crusaders 16th After Day One of Music City Classic
Natalie Cortese and the Crusaders are 16th after day one at Vanderbilt. (Ashley Busiel)

Returning to the lanes competitively for the first time in over a month, the #11 Valparaiso bowling team went 2-4 on the first day of the Music City Classic in Nashville, Tenn. and sits in 16th place after the first of three days of action.

The Crusaders got off to a slow start in their first match of the day, contested in four-game baker format, against host and fourth-ranked Vanderbilt, dropping an 820-556 decision.  Valpo spotted #10 Sacred Heart 46 pins through two games of the day's second match, but used a 200 in game three to move within 27 pins.  But a 190 in game four would not be enough to make up the rest of the deficit, as Sacred Heart took a 750-707 victory.

Taking on Jackson State in their third match of the day, the Crusaders started out hot, posting games of 214 and 216 to take a 37-pin lead through two games.  JSU erased 14 pins off the lead in game three, but a closing game of 182 was enough to secure Valpo the 783-749 win.  The Crusaders made it a two-match winning streak with a 793-758 victory in their next effort against #12 Adelphi, highlighted by games of 223 and 200.

Valpo would not be able to earn another win in either of the day's final two matches, however.  #7 Kutztown took a 77-pin lead after game one and the Crusaders were unable to cut into the deficit, eventually falling 788-680.  Then, in the day's finale, Valpo trailed start to finish in a 716-651 loss to #15 St. Francis (N.Y.).

Valparaiso (50-41) returns to the lanes Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. for the middle of the three days of competition.